Video: Jail booking tantrum sparks 'brutality' claim

A female suspect filed a lawsuit after an officer pushed her in a jail


By PoliceOne Staff

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Surveillance video shows a woman being booked for third degree assault struggle with a police officer after growing irate over a sweatpants string.

A female Bridgeport officer is seen at the jail asking Kelly Smith to place her jewelry and cash on the counter. Smith appears to be compliant until an officer asks if her sweatpants are held up by a string, to which she replies that she will not take off her clothes.

"I'm not taking my stuff off with men around," she said, repeatedly telling officers to "stop touching" her as they try to calm her down. Finally the female officer, holding onto her wrists, pushes her away.

"What are you going to do if I touch you?" the officer says.

Claiming "police brutality," Smith says she was attacked during the arrest and has filed a lawsuit. Her lawyer told WWLP that the video "speaks for itself."

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